Understanding Net Carbs

If you’re looking to lose weight, support your blood sugar level, or eat a more healthy diet, you’ve probably heard about carbohydrates. Carbohydrates or carbs, are a component of healthy eating and used as a source of energy (calories) by the body. Carbs that are not used as an immediate energy source are stored long term as fat that can be used by the body at a later time for energy.

We’ve grouped carbs into four categories:

  • Fiber: also known as cellulose is found in the wall of all plants and is grouped in two types: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber regulates how your body uses sugar, helps you feel full, and slows down digestion. Insoluble fiber is commonly known as flush fibers, because they flush through your system and don’t break down during digestion. Both types of fibers help support a healthy digestive system.
  • Starches: known as complex carbohydrates, break down more slowly in the body. Starches come from plants like whole grains, rice and starchy vegetables.
  • Sugars: known as simple-sugars or simple carbohydrates break down fast in the body. Sugars like glucose come from plants, fructose comes from fruits, and lactose is from milk and dairy products.
  • Sugar Alcohol: a liquid sweetener that comes from plants such as berries and fruits. Similar to insoluble dietary fiber, sugar alcohol doesn’t fully digest avoiding a spike in your blood sugar level.

Sugar alcohols have fewer calories and do not cause tooth decay like sugar[ 1]. Examples of common sugar alcohols include erythritol, sorbital, mannitol, isomalt, xylitol, lactitol, and maltitol. In Stabilyze bars, maltitol is used as a small component of the dark chocolate coating as a sugar replacement.

Stevia, another plant-based sweetener that has zero carbs and calories, is used in the inner core of Stabilyze bars as well as small amounts of agave syrup, a plant-based sweeter with a low glycemic index that tends to have minimal effect on circulating blood sugar levels.

Net Carb Calculation

Each of the four types of carbs affect your body differently. This is where the net carb calculation is helpful in managing how many carbs you eat[2]. Both fiber and sugar alcohol digest in your body differently, if at all, and are excluded in the net carb calculation. You can calculate the net carbs by looking at a product’s Nutritional Facts Label using this easy formula.

Total Carbs – Fiber – Sugar Alcohol = Net Carbs

Using the Nutritional Facts Label on our Dark Chocolate Mint nutrition bar, one bar has 6 Net Carbs.

Total Carbs (20 grams) – Dietary Fiber (8 grams) – Sugar Alcohol (6 grams) = Net Carbs (6 grams)

Dark Chocolate Mint Nutritional Facts

Our four flavors have net carbs calculations that range between 6 and 7 grams.

  • Dark Chocolate Mint – 6 grams Net Carbs
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter – 6 grams Net Carbs
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut Cashew – 7 grams Net Carbs
  • Dark Chocolate Hazelnut – 7 grams Net Carbs

Whether you’re following a Keto or Atkins diet, eating a low-carb or controlled-carb diet, calculating net carbs is one of the tools you may use to help manage your healthy eating goals. 

[1]  https://foodinsight.org/sugar-alcohols-fact-sheet/

[2] Net carbs is not a term recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the American Diabetes Association (ADA).